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A day with the Rider athletic training staff

Published: Mar. 30, 2022 at 10:48 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - The month of March represents National Athletic Training Month.

For the Rider athletic training staff, one of the biggest parts of the job are the relationships between athlete and trainer.

“You see them sometimes at their lowest points and get to see them get better through rehab and get back on the field,” head trainer Robert Doley said. “It’s a joy.”

In his 19 years of being an athletic trainer, Doley said there is no such thing as a typical day.

“We get here really early,” Doley said. “Kids come in for therapy in them morning and in the evening we cover sporting events.”

Doley recently added Dr. Christanie Monreal to his staff. Monreal worked at in the Midwestern State University athletic department for 12 years before making the transition to high school athletics.

“You can actually make a scheduled appointment with a student athlete since they don’t have classes scheduled back to back all day long,” Monreal said. “Where as here at the high school level we have to work around that school schedule.”

Another key relationship for athletic trainers is the one made with their student aids. Junior Kateri Wiersema got involved with athletic training her freshman year after getting injured while playing soccer.

“I ended up in the training room more than on the field,” Wiersema said. “It turned into a passion for me. I realized how much this could lead into a career.”

Whether it’s the relationship being built with a student-athlete or a student aid, these trainers love their jobs.

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